Created By: Rmpdc on August 9, 2017 Last Edited By: Rmpdc on August 15, 2017
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Jungle Warfare

Fighting takes place in a tropical rainforest or jungle. Expect booby traps, close combat, ambushes, or dying of exposure.

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So you have a Hungry Jungle. And then you have soldiers, guerillas, insurgents, etc. trekking through it. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose as two or more factions struggle against dwindling supplies, scarce food, the enemy at every corner, the elements, and of course, the jungle itself. Jungle Warfare is what it says, fighting that takes place in a remote jungle or lush tropical rainforest, usually on a remote island or somewhere far away from civilization. When there are civilians, they're usually confined to a small village, usually near a river.

In these kinds of situations, expect elite troops, usually those specialized or experienced in trekking through remote and hostile environments, sending patrols deep into remote enemy territory, rebels or enemy soldiers planting different kinds of booby traps, and communication and supply problems. If tanks are involved, expect them to be bogged down in mud during a monsoon, knocked out by anti-tank traps, or simply unable to plow through thick vegetation. Expect a mix of Scenery Porn and Scenery Gorn, depending on how bad the surrounding vegetation is removed, and with it the use of Flamethrowers or other forms of flame-based weapons. Often involves soldiers wearing camouflage over their uniforms either moving slowly through the jungle or waiting in ambush, as well as men, guns, or vehicles concealed by trees.

In Real Life, it's usually associated with The Vietnam War, as well as World War II's Pacific and China-Burma-India Theater, where such fighting was all too common.

Compare and contrast with Urban Warfare and Winter Warfare, where fighting takes place in cities / towns and in cold, snowy conditions, respectively.


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     Anime And Manga 
  • Black Lagoon has the Lagoon Company teaming up with a NSA-backed special forces unit "Gray Fox" alongside Garcia and Fabiola to locate Roberta in the jungles of Myanmar. Gray Fox and Roberta fought each other to a near standstill.

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     Film 

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Pacific has the first half of the series full of this trope. Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester, as well as the beaches surrounding Peleliu's airfield, involve Marines struggling between the Japanese, shortage of supplies, disease, and the islands themselves.
  • In Arrow, prior to the start of the series, Oliver spent several of his years stranded on the island of Lian Yu where he is caught up in the many dangers including militant groups and criminals. He eventually finds allies on the island and partakes in wars with the other side to thwart their plans.

     Literature 
  • In the Animorphs novel "The Forgotten", the Animorphs are inadvertently trapped in the Amazon rainforest in the recent past after a mission to take the Yeerk Blade ship to the White House to expose the Yeerk invasion goes horribly wrong, and they have to fight off both the Yeerks and the jungle's inhabitants in order to return to their own time.

     Video Games 
  • Rising Storm has the Guadalcanal and Burma maps, where US Marines and US Army troops battle against the Imperial Japanese army in thick jungles and low visibility.
  • Most of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault takes place in the jungles of the South Pacific. Of course, the Japanese, who are more experienced in trekking through these jungles, use a number of tactics well-suited for the environment, including laying dead.
    • Medal of Honor: Rising Sun also has Guadalcanal, with the addition of the China-Burma-India Theater as one of the late-game levels.
  • Peleliu, and to a lesser extent, Makin, in Call of Duty: World at War, at least when the vegetation isn't razed by artillery fire or fighting takes place in or near Japanese holdouts. Okinawa is a downplayed example, as the environment is instead a sub-tropical rainforest, but a lot of the elements of this trope still apply.
  • "Victor Charlie", "Crash Site", and "Payback" in Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is set against the backdrop of The Vietnam War .
  • Empire Earth: The expansion's Pacific theater campaign has several maps taking place in dense jungle, one of which features disease outbursts, mines, and snipers.

     Real Life 
  • World War II has several examples, as mentioned above, mostly fought in the Pacific Theater. The most prominent examples include Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, New Guinea, and Burma.
  • The Cold War has The Emergency and Konfrontasi, which had British-led military forces hone their fighting skills against the Malayan National Liberation Army and by Indonesian-back separatists. The experience was later used by Australian and New Zealander forces in the Vietnam War, which led them to be "Ghosts" by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • August 9, 2017
    Chabal2
    • The Punisher: The occasional story sends Frank into a jungle setting, mostly providing a Vietnam-themed Mook Horror Show.
    • Empire Earth: The expansion's Pacific theater campaign has several maps taking place in dense jungle, one of which features disease outbursts, mines, and snipers.
    • Warhammer 40 K: The Death World of Catachan and its inhabitants is an unholy mashup of Rambo, Predator and a dash of The Deer Hunter. The Hungry Jungle is evil and possibly sentient and needs to be periodically cleared away with flamethrowers (periodically meaning every few days), the wildlife is worthy of Australia (every plant is poisonous, the Catachan Barking Toad explodes when disturbed with a blast radius of a kilometer), and less than one person in four lives to see adulthood. On the flipside, the Catachan Jungle Fighters are among the biggest (literally) badasses in the Imperium of Man, with enormous muscles, red headbands and a tendency for unpopular officers to suffer unfortunate accidents far from the frontline.
  • August 9, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In the Animorphs novel "The Forgotten", the Animorphs are inadvertently trapped in the Amazon rainforest in the recent past after a mission to take the Yeerk Blade ship to the White House to expose the Yeerk invasion goes horribly wrong, and they have to fight off both the Yeerks and the jungle's inhabitants in order to return to their own time.
  • August 9, 2017
    Ominae
    No real life examples allowed? Tempted to put in countries which militaries are well known in a certain region.
  • August 9, 2017
    Rmpdc
    Real life examples of battles fought in the jungle definitely count though, like Bougainville, New Guinea, Burma, etc.^
  • August 9, 2017
    Ominae
    I'm also thinking of how a country's army, while known for jungle warfare, suck as other aspects such as sucking badly in urban warfare.
  • August 10, 2017
    Arivne
    • Deleted extra spaces between words.
    • De-capitalized (Monsoon).
    • Examples section
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  • August 12, 2017
    Arivne
    Film
    • Predator takes place in an unnamed Central American country almost entirely covered by jungle. The fighting between Dutch's rescue team and the guerillas involves standard infiltration tactics and a surprise attack. The battle against the title space alien uses tripwires, Claymore mines and physical traps reminiscent of the Vietnam War.
  • August 10, 2017
    Ominae
    • Black Lagoon has the Lagoon Company teaming up with a NSA-backed special forces unit "Gray Fox" alongside Garcia and Fabiola to locate Roberta in the jungles of Myanmar. Gray Fox and Roberta fought each other to a near standstill.
  • August 14, 2017
    jameygamer
    Not sure if this counts as a good example, but it does involve a pair of spies and a bunch of enemy soldiers.

    • One of the levels of Goldeneye 1997 takes place in a Cuban jungle, with James Bond an Natalya having to navigate a series of jungle soldiers, drone guns, and Xenia Onatopp before reaching the caves to Janus's hideout.
  • August 14, 2017
    Snowy66
    Live Action TV
    • In Arrow, prior to the start of the series, Oliver spent several of his years stranded on the island of Lian Yu where he is caught up in the many dangers including militant groups and criminals. He eventually finds allies on the island and partakes in wars with the other side to thwart their plans.
  • August 15, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ You didn't mention that Lian Yu is covered with jungle.
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